Archive for the ‘Language in advertising’ Category

Two cards

May 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Ned Deily and I were investigating the workings of my scanner, after it had behaved  oddly for me on several occasions (garbage on scanning some black-and-white images, very odd colors when scanning some Jane Austen colored cards). The problem was traced back to some scanner settings I hadn’t known were there, so we re-set those and tried scanning one card of each type, using items I’d gotten in the mail (from Chris Ambidge). Herewith the results.

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Three diverse

May 21, 2014

This morning: a classic Doonesbury on foul language; a Rhymes With Orange citing the spurious “rule” that an English clause must not end in a preposition; and a Zippy looking back at an ad icon of the 1940s and 50s (“drink more flavored liqueurs”, says Judge Arrow).

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Commercial portmanteau

May 19, 2014

From Ryan Tamares recently, a piece of a Subway Flatizza box. The box woudn’t scan for me, but what it says is Flatizza™:  “Cheesy & delicious meets crispy & square” (easily readable as tetrameter, with front-accented feet). Square flatbread with pizza toppings: cheese, pepperoni, spicy Italian, veggie.

Flatizza is of course a portmanteau of flatbread (contributing flat-) and pizza (contributing -izza), without overlap between the two parts.

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Mom likes ’em hot, hairy, and hung

May 11, 2014

(Mostly about gay sexuality rather than language.)

As usual, purveyors of gay porn have special offers for a holiday, in this case Mother’s Day. TitanMen thinks Mom is aching for hours and hours of big dick, in the collection Daddy Meat 2. (This is not to deny that some women like ’em big.)

The ad copy, unsurprisingly, doesn’t mention mothers, or indeed any women at all:

If you like your Daddy Meat twice as thick and twice as juicy you’ve come to the right place! Daddy Meat 2 features six hardcore scenes of the very best in hot, hairy TitanMen Daddies fill up this best-of series volume 2. Hand-picked scenes by Bruce Cam and Brian Mills feature the most iconic Daddies in the TitanMen vault: Donkey dicked Cliff Rhodes, silver fox Allen Silver and more! Over 2 hours of the hottest hairy and hung daddies fucking, sucking and rimming their way right into your hearts. A true collector’s item for the connoisseur of masculine, muscular and hairy men.

It’s pitched at gay men.

Double-take

May 1, 2014

Victor Steinbok found this on Google+ and passed it on to me; a great many sites have versions of it:

Note: These Tasty Crackers are Australian; the sale price is in Australian dollars.

Lots of people will do a double-take on seeing that sale sticker, which comes very close to offering tasty-ass crackers.

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Dingburg bubbles

April 29, 2014

Today’s Zippy:

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Fleer’s product was pink (hence the strip’s title, “In the pink”), apparently because that was the only coloring the inventor had on hand.

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Two cartoons from yesterday

April 28, 2014

From yesterday, a Luann passed on by David Craig on Facebook, and a Basic Instructions passed on by Scott  Meyer, also  on Facebook:

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On the wording of ads, and on aggressive humor (in this case, knock-knock jokes).

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The poetry of green tea

April 25, 2014

Among the many teas sold by Tazo (from South Seattle WA) are three green teas that my daughter got for me recently, to replenish my supplies. The company is into lush, poetic descriptions of its products — quite entertaining, if you’re in the right mood.

The descriptive material comes in two parts: one part characterizes the taste of a tea, the other is copy poetically evoking a scene or feelings associated with it. Sometimes I think these are cool, but often I think they’re just funny.

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Three for the day (Easter)

April 20, 2014

Today’s crop of cartoons includes a Bizarro, a Zippy, and a Mother Goose and Grimm:

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Startling image for Holy Week

April 18, 2014

In my e-mail this morning, an ad for gay porn from the Falcon / Raging Stallion Studios for Holy Week, with hot porn actor Adam Ramzi posing as Jesus (and the playful commercial slogan “It’s a Good Friday when it kicks off savings like this!”):

I haven’t been a believing (or practicing) Christian for decades, but still I found the image (in this context) unsettling at best.

Eventually I’ll post some X-rated images of Ramzi on AZBlogX and then add a link from this posting to that one: here.